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The Christokopidis Church in Athens

Churches in Athens

(Church of Christ of Kopidis)

You’ll find the church of Christ of Kopidis between Christokopidou en Aisopou street in the densely populated area of Psirri. Initially it was built in the 17th century and was named after its donor, Kopidis. The present form of the church (domed cross-in-square) and the two bell towers on its western side, date from the 19th century.

The Christ of Kopidis is one of the oldest and most important parochial churches in Athens. According to some sources the parish of Kopidis was highly populated during the Ottoman period. This can also be proven by the fact that it is located right in the centre of an area that gradually expanded around the church.

Because of the shortage of public buildings when Athens became the capital of Greece in 1834, the church was used for a while to house the Areios Pagos, the Greek Supreme Court. The Danish architect Christian Hansen was responsible for the alterations necessary for the new use of the church.

Location map Christokopidou and Aisopou streets
Nearest metro station Monastiraki
For typical words, please consult our Greek glossary.


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